Report of Gunman At OCCC Was 'Miscommunication,' School Official Says

Friday, February 26th 2010, 11:40 am
By: News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY – A miscommunication about a school shooting in Washington led to the lock down and evacuation of Oklahoma City Community College.

An alert bulletin was issued by law enforcement after a special education teacher was shot and killed Friday at an elementary school in Tacoma, Washington. A student worker saw the bulletin warning campuses to be on alert.

When telling students and employees about the alert, the impression was given that the shooting was on the Oklahoma City Community College campus, school spokesman Cordell Jordan said.

The school was placed on lock down at about 10:30 a.m., Jordan said.

Around 11 a.m., students and employees who were in locked down buildings were allowed to leave campus.

All classes were canceled for the remainder of the day, Jordan said.

Jordan said it is unfortunate that the miscommunication occurred, but school officials are relieved that no one was injured and the lock down and evacuation procedures went smoothly.

There were reports of people hearing a shot being fired. A police spokesman said that gunshot came from a campus security guard who accidentally discharged his weapon while responding to the initial report of a gunman.

Hear the 911 recordings related to Friday's scare at OCCC.

That officer is now on desk duty pending the outcome of an investigation by the Oklahoma City police department.

The Oklahoma City Community College campus is in southwest Oklahoma City near Interstate 240 and Interstate 44.